The brilliant, talented, funny and smart MUA Kay Montano has a must read blog http://www.kaymontano.com/2012/01/27/why-fake-your-lashes-when-you-can-grow-them-nadine-baggott/ and I have contributed an article on lash growth serums in case your lashes are in need of a little love
My Celebrity Crush
I met Sarah Jessica Parker on Friday and I am smitten. Not only by her cropped black trousers, diamonds, impossibly high Louboutin patent courts and her Serge Normant frisky ponytail, but by her smart and sweet nature. Now of course she is an actress, so she might be acting, but I am a sucker for anyone who is smart and self effacing, stylish and sassy, and not model perfect.
SJP was in town to launch Covet her second scent and although it won’t hit counters until August, it’s a very interesting scent, and not your usual boring, bland celebrity smell.
With top notes of wet greens, geranium leaves, lemon, lavender and chocolate, you know you are smelling something distinctly daring, but get to the vetiver and cashmere base and you have a fougere, a scent more common in male fragrances than women’s. Or as one person described it a fougere on oestrogen.
Sarah Jessica’s inspiration was a geranium oil she found in a NYC apothecary. In her words, ‘All dirt and green stem and leaf, unusual but beautiful,’ this was then analysed by the chemists and put together with other notes to soften it. The end result is different and beautiful, and so much more fitting for SJP than her last scent.
The ad is a Jean Paul Goude triumph, with her breaking in to a jewellers in Paris’ Place Vendome at night to grab the flacon, smashing the window by kicking it with a red soled Louboutin’s, and then being carted away by the gendarmes. ‘I had to have it’ is the tag line. Slightly mad, and filmed with a wry sense of humour, SJP was inspired by Chanel L’Egoiste ad, also by Goude.
With make up by Stephane Marais, hair by Serge Normant, and a dress created by Christian Lacroix, I couldn’t help but say to her that it must be good being Sarah Jessica Parker. Well apart from the fact that her car was rear ended by over enthusiastic British paps on her way to meet us.
At long, long last a celebrity scent that dares to be different, deserves to be a success and with a wonderfully creative ad to match. You see I have a celebrity crush.
- Sarah Jessica Parker’s Covet from £23, will be in stores in August.